125 years of internationally coordinated glacier monitoring
Worldwide collection of information about ongoing glacier changes was initiated in August 1894 with the foundation of the International Glacier Commission at the 6th International Geological Congress in Zurich, Switzerland (Forel, 1895).
Today, grown to a worldwide collaboration network in more than 40 countries, glacier monitoring is coordinated within the framework of the Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers. GTN-G is run by the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS), the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), and the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space initiative (GLIMS). These three bodies operate under the coordination and support of the GTN-G Advisory Board which is chaired by the International Association of Cryospheric Sciences.
In 2019, we will celebrate the 125 year jubilee of internationally coordinated glacier monitoring jointly with IACS during the IUGG General Assembly in Montreal, Canada, and with our National Correspondents during the WGMS General Assembly. The General Assembly will be split into three regional meetings which allows us to focus on regional challenges and networks and to cut in half the related carbon footprint.
9-16 July 2019 IUGG General Assembly, Montréal, Canada
14-17 August 2019 WGMS General Assembly Europe and North America, Zurich, Switzerland
September 2019 WGMS General Assembly Asia, Almaty, Kazakhstan
spring or autumn 2019 WGMS General Assembly Latin America, El Calafate, Argentina
More details will follow during the coming months.